Dr. Arthur L. Bloom
Arthur L. Bloom, scholar, teacher, world traveler and friend to many, passed away Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, New York, surrounded by Donna, his wife of 64 years, and sons Jeffrey, Jay and Eric.
He was predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Leda Bloom; a brother, Lyman Bloom; and three sisters, Dorothy Kluessendorf, Catherine Ingle and Lois Yatzeck.
He is survived by a brother, Richard "Dick" Bloom of Genesee.
Arthur was born and raised in Genesee. He graduated from Waukesha High School in 1946, entered Carroll College and then transferred to and graduated from Miami University of Ohio (B.A. with honors in geology and Phi Beta Kappa). He further attended the University of New Zealand (Fulbright Award for M.A.), and Yale University for his Ph.D. (Silliman Prize). For his work on its seacoast, the University of Maine awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1996.
Cornell University hired Art as a geomorphologist in 1960, but he was almost immediately engaged in cross university collaborations with planetary scientists, archeologists and soil scientists. Until the disaster of the Challenger, he was training to be a special observer on a space flight.
Throughout his long career, Ithaca residents knew Dr. Bloom as the generous local source of information on the superficial geology of the Finger Lakes Region but geomorphology, coastlines, and in particular sea level change were his first and chief academic focus since his days as a young naval officer in the Pacific.
His work on uplifted coral reefs in Papua New Guinea are his most famous contribution to the science and his publications provide a baseline for what the earth is capable of in the absence of human beings. His bookshelf contained copies of his early book on "The Surface of the Earth" translated into German, Polish, Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese.
A later expansion resulted in publishing "Geomorphology: A Systematic Analysis of Late Cenozoic Landforms," considered the last comprehensive textbook on the subject as subsequent works have focused on subsets of the field.
Sabbatic leaves took the scientist to Australia, twice to Japan, and for lesser periods of time to Korea and China. Research areas included Micronesia and New Guinea, and when the focus of his department shifted to South America his research expanded to Argentina. While he did research on six of the seven continents, he always had strong feelings for his home town and state.
Services will take place in New York.